Glamour Gal tells the Story of a 105mm Gun Crew On Iwo Jima
It documents the activities of a Marine gun crew (G Battery) from the 5th Marine Division and their 105mm howitzer (named Glamour Gal) on Iwo Jima.
This short traces their activity from the time the unit leaves Camp Pendleton to the beach landing on Iwo Jima.
Thank you for making this documentary available. My cousin, Rod Barker was a member of Gun #2, G Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Glamour Gal was Gun #1 and Gyrene Gal was Gun #2 (of 4 in the battery).
On the night of Feb. 23rd, while shelling Mt. Suribachi, Gyrene Gal suffered a direct hit from a Japanese mortar killing 5 Marines, including my cousin. Seeing this film provided me with a glimpse of him. I met Mr. Behnke several years ago and he provided this information. Thanks again...
March 7, 2012 Subject:
A piece of iron takes the humanity out of war!
A clever gimmick to focus on a piece of iron that took our mind off the horror of war. Blood and human body parts were never seen, just the glory in the entire affair of war. War sucks, WWII was no exception, they all sucked. That rally for freedom was a hoax, just another exploitation in the world.
April 3, 2010 Subject:
I have seen the documentaries about the USS Enterprise (with Robert Taylor) and the B-17 Memphis Belle, but never heard of this until today. Thanks for giving us access to it, it's an excellent historical time piece and tribute to the Marines, and America.
My grandfather rarely talked to Iwo Jima, but he did talk about the Glamour Gal and a film about it. Thank you for posting it. My grandfather, Thomas Owen Bratcher, from Tennessee- was part of the 10 in the G company, 13 Marine of the 5th Marines. You have given us a view of what he saw. My grandfather died in 1998. I am very proud to have this and to watch this. THANK YOU!